Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić in the exclusive article for the very first issue of Diplomacy & Commerce, prior to attending the 2nd EBRD, said: “We are committed to our goals of making Serbia a better place for the lives of all its citizens and improving the image and rating of our region as a whole. Serbia, as the largest economy in the Western Balkans, has a duty to be a leader on our shared path towards the EU”.
The EBRD has for years been our major partner in improving the business environment and promoting the Western Balkans as an investment destination, as well as being a key investor in the region, for which we are grateful. Two years have now passed since we first gathered at the EBRD headquarters in London to discuss investment opportunities in the Western Balkans, and since then many things have changed for the better. Investors seek profits. For this they need large and growing markets. Thus, it should not be surprising that the countries that receive the most FDI are those with large numbers of affluent consumers. This explains why developed countries receive much more than developing ones, and also why China, Brazil and a small number of other countries receive the largest share of FDI going to developing countries.
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